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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

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The related topics to the crucible are that of the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. Each aspect of these two topics have greatly influenced the play and are surrounded by the time period of the play.

            The salem witch trials occurred during the late 1600s when 19 men and women were accused of practicing witchcraft and working for the Devil. SOme were hanged for their accusations and not given another chance. Hundreds of others faced accusations but were able to get out of being killed for it. Months of accusations continued until the hysteria swept right back through Puritan Massachusetts.

            McCarthyism also flourished through this time when people started accusing others of wrongdoings. Joseph McCarthy was the one to begin this hysteria when he began a speech to the people and convinced them that certain people were doing wrong things and were responsible for negative aspects of the world.

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-Arthur Miller